Wai Wai Nu

Wai Wai Nu

Wai Wai Nu is a Burmese lawyer and political activist who denounces religious discrimination against Rohingya Muslims. She is the director of the Women’s Peace Network, an NGO that seeks to bridge the gap between Rohingya Muslim and Buddhist women with workshops and civic education classes. She is also the co-founder of Justice for Women, a network of lawyers that provides legal aid to Burmese women. Nu first became an activist when she and her family were arrested in 2005 and sentenced to 17 years in prison for being the daughter of Kyaw Min, a Rohingya whose election to Parliament in 1990 was denied by the country’s junta. While incarcerated in Myanmar’s notorious Insein Prison, Nu spoke to countless Rohingya teenage girls who had turned to drugs and prostitution. She was released after eight years in prison and decided to dedicate herself to mobilizing Burmese women to fight for justice. Nu has now trained more than 500 students with Women’s Peace Network Arakan. She was named one of Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers in 2015 and her work has been highlighted by the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

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